Do you have a bat house?

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Do you have a bat house?
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Thu, 03-29-2012 - 2:52pm

I was reading this article for pet owners about prepping your garden for pets (which wasn't all that helpful) but it did get me thinking about bat houses. We were pretty pest-free for most of the gardening season last year, but then got attacked towards the end of the season. Since the weather has been so warm, we're expected to have many more bugs this season. I'm thinking a bat house might be an interesting experiment, for the kids at the very least.



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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 03-29-2012 - 8:12pm

No bat house here. I don't think I've ever seen a bat in my neighborhood. I know we have them in our mountains (about 50 miles east) but dh would know if we have them locally. If they eat grasshoppers and tomato hornworms then I'd welcome bats into my neighborhood!

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Thu, 03-29-2012 - 8:58pm
No bat house but we do have a toad shelter!



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Registered: 11-18-2008
Fri, 03-30-2012 - 9:37am
What's a toad shelter Carol? (I mean, I can kind of guess, lol.)

We see bats as the sun starts setting, usually up higher in the sky snatching bugs out of the air.
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Registered: 02-27-1999
Sat, 03-31-2012 - 2:41pm

Bats in my belfry, YES.

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Sat, 03-31-2012 - 3:07pm

Well, ours is a pretty little blue-and-white ceramic purpose-made "pot" which lies on it's side, partly buried in the earth.

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Got the idea from the NWF http://frogsaregreen.com/tag/toad-shelter/



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Registered: 02-27-1999
Sat, 03-31-2012 - 6:19pm

My toads left when I got a dog, and he came in a few times frothing like a rabid thing.

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Sun, 04-01-2012 - 11:12am
Ah, I see. Those are cute! I'd never heard of such a thing, living here in the dry mountains where we don't get toads.
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